About that WRR report...

This has been widely reported already: the Scientific Council for Government policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid, WRR) put together a report advising the government to stop 'islam-bashing'. Subsequently there was much criticism of the report and the WRR itself.

Esther over at Islam in Europe does a good job analyzing the weaknesses in the report (as far as they are known. The report itself doesn't come out until tommorrow). Overall conclusion: Bunch of soft-brained 'scientists' blaming people for not understanding enough about Islam or Sharia, while exposing their own ignorance for the world to see. Period.

Western Resistance has a good overview of the situation and the reactions (highly recommended!), but also notices especially the performance by Maxime Verhagen, leader of the Second Chamber fraction in the Second Chamber of parliament (sorta like Congress or the House of Commons, with the First Chamber being the senate) of the Christian Democrats.

Now, I know I've been critical of CDA executives, but I'll be happy to make an exception for Verhagen. He seems to be made of sterner stuff then the average member of Second Chamber in general and member of the CDA in particular. Staunchly catholic he still seems to remember that the Christian faith is about love-thy-neighbor, but also about recognizing and *doing something* about evil. His analysis is always sound and he is able to communicate in a clear and concise manner. If Pope Benedict XVI is Gods pitbull, Verhagen is the Gods Jack Russel. Maybe not as formidable, but equally tenacious.

I don't vote CDA at the moment (though I am from a traditionally CDA voting nest), but if Verhagen ever runs for PM, which isn't too unlikely, he will have my vote.


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